About the Authors

Dr. Julia S. Lytle

Dr. Julia S. LytleJulia S. Lytle earned a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and did post doctoral studies at Rice University in Houston, TX. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas Lytle, have had active research and teaching careers at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory for over 30 years. Dr. Julia Lytle has over 75 articles published in scholarly journals including Nature, Science, Cancer, and Toxicology and Chemistry. Her research interests have included oil spill identifications, mechanisms of uptake and bioselectivity of marsh plants to xenobiotic chemical species, fate and effects of hydrocarbons in the marine environment, sediment-water interactions in estuaries, estuarine plant responses to toxins, nutritional chemistry of fatty acids in marine organisms and the geochemistry of organic compounds. She is professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS.

Dr. Thomas F. Lytle

Dr. Thomas F. Lytle

Thomas F. Lytle received his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Along with his wife, Dr. Julia Lytle, he has had a 35 year teaching and research career beginning as Senior Analytical Chemist at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Ocean Springs, MS. Dr. Lytle became Professor in the Department of Coastal Sciences when GCRL became part of The University of Southern Mississippi. He has conducted research in heavy metal, pesticide and nutrient transport in coastal estuaries, bioaccumulation and toxicity of marine paint antifoulants, bioremediation of heavy metals by marsh plants and variability of fatty acids in Gulf of Mexico fishes. Publications have appeared in Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal, Aquatic Toxicology and Estuaries.